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Watching Their Cardboard Home Collapse

Ken Hulme - 700 Club Producer

“Every time the wind blew we heard cracking sounds in the wood.  We were afraid,” said twelve-year-old Johana.

Johana and her family never felt safe. They’d built their house with scraps of wood, cloth and cardboard.   It was rickety at best, made worse by the main support beam which had cracked under the weight of the metal roof.  

But it was all they could afford.

To put food on the table, Johana’s mom, a single mother of five, sold tortillas and did laundry for a few customers.  

One day the support beam finally broke (watch the house fall above) and their house collapsed in front of them.

The family rallied, cutting trees and salvaging what they could to build a lean-to shelter against the side of the hill.

But shelter wasn’t their only need.  One of the beams from the fallen house crushed Zaida’s stove.  Without it, there was little money for food and other expenses.

“My mom had promised we were going to eat,” recalled Johanna wiping the tears from her eyes. “But I went to sleep without anything to eat.”

“I asked God, ‘Why? Why?’” added Zaida.

Thanks to a call from Zaida’s friend, Operation Blessing connected with the family and we started construction.  

“I thank God and Operation Blessing because they are helping us to build a new house!” said Johana.  

Then we gave Zaida a new, more efficient stove and supplies to restart her tortilla business.  She told us she made more money in the first three days with the new stove than she made in 2 weeks with the old one!

“I give thanks to Operation Blessing because I know it was God who sent them to us!” said the grateful mother. 

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